Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Raymonde Bertha "Monde" Steil Mattioli, BHS '66 (1948-1997)

Today, Monde's brother, Sheldon Stiel, posted the following:

3/29/17. In memory of my sister Raymonde “Monde” Stiel-Mattioli who passed away way too young on this date 20 years ago today. Exactly 3 weeks after her 49th birthday. BHS graduate 1966. So much I could say here, but I’ll leave it at “I miss her very much, and love her”. She’s one of the few people I know who can give ‘em hell in heaven. Upon her passing, her daughter Melina Mattioli, and I made this card you see in her honor. This is one of her poems she wrote on her watercolor. The poem reads:
“Everyone has a song to sing, A dance to dance and Love to bring.
Dance your dance, sing your song, close your eyes and I’ll be along.
Moon above, stars below, Take my hand, watch me grow.
Jump off the mountain, Hold your head high.
Smile on your face….you can fly”

I remember Raymonde from elementary school as a sweet girl with a beautiful smile and gorgeous long hair. May Monde RIP and may her family find comfort along the way.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

BHS CLASS OF 1992 ~ 25th Reunion - July 22, 2017

CLASS OF 1992: 25th Reunion
Date : July 22, 2017
Time: 6 pm - Midnight
Location: The Canyon Grille at DeBell
1500 East Walnut Ave. Burbank 91501
Attire: Anything goes!
Cost: $75 per person –
Includes entry to reunion, buffet dinner
and Free parking.
Buy your tickets here:

Michael Reyes
Venmoing since Jul 2016.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Christina Ortega O'Neill, BHS '68 Passed Away Feb 15, 2017

We are so saddened to learn this and are praying for all her family and friends...

Christina A. O'Neill

Christina "Christy" O'Neill left this world and began her journey to Heaven on February 15, 2017. She passed away at the age of 67 in her home after a long battle with cancer.

Christy loved spending time with her family and friends. She cherished the time that she spent with her four grandchildren. As she would always say, she loved them "to the moon and back."

She and her husband, Kevin, enjoyed many camping adventures in their motorhome. Her favorite camping spot was Carpinteria where she visited often with Kevin and her extended family and friends. Chris will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her generous smile, warm heart, and kind disposition.

She will be missed by all of those whose lives she has touched. Chris grew up in Burbank, California and graduated from Burbank High School. She was a longtime employee with the Burbank Unified School District at Washington Elementary School.

She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Kevin; daughter Colleen Simon-O'Neill (Jenny) and son Patrick O'Neill (Alison); grandchildren Quinn, Theodore, Peyton, and Andrew; siblings Emilio Ortega, Ana Neria, Fred Ortega, and Tony Ortega.

Services will be held at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Burbank on Saturday, March 4, 2017, Rosary at 11:30 am, Funeral Mass at 12:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to City of Hope in memory of Christina O'Neill.

Published in The Burbank Leader on Mar. 1, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Jeff Helquist, BHS '68 (1949-2017)

We send our deepest condolences to the Helquist family and Jeff's friends...

On February 7, 2017, Sharon Anderson McEntire, posted this note and photo on Facebook:

"Just got very sad news, our long time best friend Jeff Helquist passed away last Monday of a heart attack.. This picture was taken March of 1973 in front of my house on Birmingham in Burbank.. Jeff is the very last one, with the long hair and beard. Jeff graduated BHS class of '68.. He will be missed!!

"From left Vern and Joyce McEntire, Bill Whitaker with John McEntire behind him, Thom and Sharon McEntire, Duke Gardemann, Bill Verdun, Joe Moss and Jeff Helquist."

Dean Martin Buttress, BHS '74 Passed Away Feb 25, 2017

Sad news.... yesterday, Renee Michel posted on Facebook:
I have just heard that Dean Buttress has passed away. My condolences to his family. I went to Benjamin Franklin Elementary with him and all the way to high school. He was a great guy. Too young, too young to pass.

Dean's daughter, Sarah Ella Buttress, wrote:

Please keep the Buttress family in your thoughts and prayers.

Nadine Aguirre Lujan
So sad. I remember him. RIP

Lydia Ambrose
Sorry to hear 😥

Mike Donathan
So Sad. Knew Dean for over 50 years.

Anita Page
So sorry to hear. RIP.

Ron Thompson
Very sad to hear. His parents (Hal & Emmy) were family friends. His dad past at an early age too, as I recall. Condolences to the rest of Dean's family.

Kathy Barnfather Van Hoorelbeke
Aw so sad he lived by my grandparents on catalina

Pat Bushman
My condolences to his family.

Vicki Herrin Fields
So sad. He was a nice kid. He was way too young to pass. This picture sure brings back memories. Good old Ben Franklin.

Dianne Postal-Simmons
As I say don't wait for tomorrow start living today .. with the one u love ❤️

Maggi Doyle Solso
So sad...sending love and condolences to his family.

Carol Forrand Tallakson
Such a great guy, loved in my neighborhood, on Catalina, went to school with him... prayers go out to his family ... so sad to hear of his passing😢

Peter Costas
RIP my friend